The Girl in the Steel Corset
by Kady Cross
June 27, 2012
Reviewed by: Robin

Steampunk is a hot topic right now.  If you aren't familiar with the term, Steampunk is a genre that blends science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror and speculative fiction. I've been dipping into this genre on and off and discovered a great read by Kady Cross.  The Girl in the Steel Corset features Finley Jayne, a 16 year old in Victorian England who feels she is a freak.  She can throw a punch that will knock out a grown man.  Her adventures are a great romp and a fun look at alternate history in England.

The Sinner
by Tess Gerritsen
June 19, 2012
Reviewed by: Robin

I don't know about you but I am really enjoying the Rizzoli and Isles series on TNT this summer.  What you may not be aware of - this TV show is based on a great mystery series by Tess Gerritsen.  I just finished The Sinner.  A dead nun is discovered in a pool of blood in the cloister.  While the death is horrific - it leads Rizzoli and Isles on quite a trail that includes finding out the young nun gave birth some time in her past. I highly recommend giving this series a read!!!

Mudbound
by Hillary Jordan
June 14, 2012
Reviewed by: Robin

Mudbound is an incredible book about prejudice set in the Mississippi Delta in 1946.  It won the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and I can see why.  This is Jordan's first novel and hits on all marks: well-written, great characters and an engaging plot.  I often don't like award winners but this one bucked that trend!!

Fiddlers
by Ed McBain
June 10, 2012
Reviewed by: Robin

Just read Fiddlers by Ed McBain on vacation and I have to say this series is always a solid read.  If you haven't read McBain before, you are in for a treat if you are a fan of police procedurals.

The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga
June 6, 2012
Reviewed by: Robin

I liked this book because it really immersed me in the culture of India that you don't normally see or read about. Bollywood this isn't.